Another legend has passed away. The master and pioneer of surf-rock guitar, Dick Dale died at age 81 as reported by CNN.
Dick Dale was one of those guitarists with a distinct and original sound. You would know it’s him playing even if you only hear it by ear. He was a big influence when it comes to the surf-guitar style, the fast trills and that thick sound, he’s simply the master of it.
Here’s a tune that you may very well be familiar with, the title is “Misirlou” which was also used in the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction.
With music legends dying one after the other at the start of the year, there are only a few of them left. Sadly, another one followed and shook the world by surprise. On April 21, TMZ reported about Prince who was found dead at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota. News quickly spread and shared via social media, fans in disbelief and thought it might be a hoax but the unfortunate had happened as sources close to the prolific singer-songwriter-musician confirmed.
According to the reports gathered, Prince was unresponsive in the elevator when deputies arrived at Paisley Park after a 911 call from someone. He was pronounced dead after CPR attempts were unsuccessful.
His cause of death is yet to be known as investigations are ongoing.
A multi-talented musician, Prince rose to fame in Purple Rain and has written numerous songs to various artists that went on top of the charts.
Here are some of the songs.
Other artists paid tribute as well, with Chris Cornell posting a very nice rendition of his studio version of Nothing Compares to U.
Pearl Jam also paid tribute to the late great artist at their show. Vedder called Prince the “Greatest Guitar Player We’ve Ever Seen”.
And the list of Rock n Roll legends’ deaths continue. The first month of 2016 has not ended and yet another music hero passed away. From Lemmy to Bowie to Dale Griffin and now this.
Hall of Famer, singer-songwriter and Eagles guitarist and founding member Glenn Frey was reported dead at age 67 on Monday in New York City.
According to report by Rolling Stone, Frey’s death was caused by combination of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.
Frey was one of the co-writers and sang lead vocals on most of the Eagles hits that include “Take It Easy,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” and “Heartache Tonight.” He co-wrote “Hotel California”, “Life in the Fast Lane” and “Desperado” to name a few. He also launched his solo career and received numerous hits like “The Heat Is On” “The One You Love” and “You Belong to the City.”
May you rest in Peace.
(Trivia: The solo from the song I wrote for Date with Fate titled Summer in Mind was inspired by
the sax’s riffs of this Glenn Frey’s song, You Belong To The City)
In just a week, we lost another legend in British film and theatre actor Alan Rickman. Rickman was famous for his portrayals of characters in films that include Harry Potter, Die Hard, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Love Actually and more. The sad news was reported by Dailymail.co.uk.
The much-loved actor had been suffering from cancer according to the report. Actress Emma Thompson described Rickman in a quote as “the ultimate ally” and “the finest of actors and directors”. Thompson has appeared with Rickman in a couple of productions.
The announcement came from Rickman’s family saying “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”
Watch some of Rickman’s most memorable performances via The Guardian’s video.
One by one they left us. Another music legend is gone. The start of 2016 may not be good, greeting us with a sad news once more as singer-songwriter, record producer, painter, actor David Bowie passed away at age 69 in his New York home due to cancer. The news was announced on his official Facebook page
and later reported by The Guardian.
It came to a shock because two days prior to his death, he has just celebrated his birthday and released his latest (and final) album “Blackstar”, his parting gift to us, which is currently hit the number one spot in the albums chart as of this writing.
Many artists have already posted their condolences and shared their experiences with the guy who created a big impact in the music industry.
This was his last music video shot, the single Lazarus, from Blackstar album, which could, at least, have a
hidden message about his time to leave. It seems like he’s saying his goodbye to us with this video.